Speed. Power. Even though my car can go from zero to 60 in 3 miles, I knew I could get the space right in front of the store yesterday. I spotted it as soon as I turned into the parking lot.
Carefully making sure no one was backing out of the distant spaces, I zoomed toward that space!
Then, in the corner of my eye, my competition appeared! Since he had me beat by at least ten spaces, there was only one thing I could do….speed up to let him know he didn’t have a chance. Besides, I could pull straight in while he would have to slow down and make a turn. Not easy since he was driving an old mini van!
Then, the moment of truth. The flag man had the flag ready to announce the winner!
Then, the real moment of truth…God’s truth.
That van was old and beat up. The man driving was elderly and must have figured I was going to zip into the cherished space. A closer look allowed me to see the handicap sticker on his mirror.
He stopped. I stopped.
I waved him into the space like a car guide at a mega church on a busy Sunday morning. I made the turn and parked several rows back. By the time I walked to the store, he was just getting out of the van.
“Great space you got there” as we made eye contact. As I held the door open for him, he said, “I really appreciate what you just did for me.”
Talking with God on the drive home, I really appreciated what I did too!
God reminded me about the importance of space and whether or not I am going to make room for people in my life.
I pray for us to talk with God about space in our lives. Imagine the perception that man would held of me had I raced to the space! I’m sure we would have missed the opportunity to talk.
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson